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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 com·punc·tion /kəmˈpʌŋ(k)ʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Com·punc·tion n.
 1. A pricking; stimulation. [Obs.]
    That acid and piercing spirit which, with such activity and compunction, invadeth the brains and nostrils.   --Sir T. Browne.
 2. A picking of heart; poignant grief proceeding from a sense of guilt or consciousness of causing pain; the sting of conscience.
    He acknowledged his disloyalty to the king, with expressions of great compunction.   --Clarendon.
 Syn: -- Compunction, Remorse, Contrition.
 Usage: Remorse is anguish of soul under a sense of guilt or consciousness of having offended God or brought evil upon one's self or others. Compunction is the pain occasioned by a wounded and awakened conscience. Neither of them implies true contrition, which denotes self-condemnation, humiliation, and repentance. We speak of the gnawings of remorse; of compunction for a specific act of transgression; of deep contrition in view of our past lives. See Regret.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed) [syn: remorse,